How can I avoid side effects if I use an estradiol vaginal ring?

You can lower your risk of side effects while using an estradiol vaginal ring by taking the following steps:
  • If you have not had a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) talk to your doctor about taking a progestin, in addition to using an estradiol vaginal ring
  • If you develop fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, dizziness, faintnes, or a sunburn-like rash on your face and body, take out the vaginal ring and contact your doctor.
  • Ask your doctor how often you should have pelvic exams, breast exams and mammograms.
  • Talk to your doctor about ways you can lower your risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots if you are overweight, smoke tobacco or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
  • Have regular checkups and reevaluate whether you still need to use an estradiol vaginal ring with your doctor at least every six months.

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